Bryan T. Barry

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Bryan Thomas Barry
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by Winship C. Connor
Succeeded by F. P. Holland
Personal details
Born (1851-10-26)October 26, 1851
near Dresden, Navarro County, Texas
Died March 5, 1919 (1919 -03-05) (aged 67)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas
Nationality  USA
Spouse(s) Odora Elizabeth Williams, Ellen Sophie Hermany Stone
Children Charles S. Barry, Lela Barry
Occupation Attorney

Bryan Thomas Barry (October 26, 1851 – March 5, 1919), attorney, was mayor of Dallas for three terms: 1894–1895, 1897–1898 and 1904–1907.


Bryan T. Barry was born October 26, 1851 near Dresden, Navarro County, Texas to Augustus Barry and Margaret Eleanor Younger. He married Odora Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Thomas M. and A. Elizabeth Williams, on May 1, 1874 in Robertson County, Texas.[1] They had two children Charles T. Barry and Lela Barry. After her death in 1914, he married Ellen Sophie Hermany Stone, daughter of Charles W. Hermany and Caroline Levy, and widow of Aubrey Stone.

Prior to moving to Dallas, Barry lived in Navarro and Robertson counties. He was the original land owner of 300 acres that became the community of Barry, Texas. He was admitted to the bar in Houston, Texas in 1872 and practice law in Corsicana.[2][3][4]

Bryan Barry moved to Dallas around 1889 where he became involved in banking, investments and law. He headed the law firm of Barry & Etheridge, was Secretary/Treasurer for Texas Savings and Trust[5]

In the 1893 election W. C. Connor won the election for mayor by 2 votes over Bryan T. Barry. Barry brought suit contenting that there were questions about some of the votes, but Connor was seated by the city council. W. C. Connor resigned as mayor in January 1894 and the city council decided to hold a special election. However, the state supreme court ruled on the appeal of the previous case and declared Barry to be the mayor. After which the city council decided to seat Bryan Barry as mayor. He was re-elected mayor in 1894 and was replaced by Franklin P. Holland in the 1895 election. He was elected again in 1897, serving one year and being replaced by John H. Traylor. In 1904, he was once more elected mayor and served until 1906, when Curtis P. Smith was elected.[6][7][8]

Barry T. Barry died March 5, 1919 in Dallas, Texas and was interred at Oakland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. He and his first wife, Odora Williams Barry, were re-interred at Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas in December 1934.[9][10]


  1. ^ Robertson County, Texas. Marriage records 1838-1935.FHL Film #0963255
  2. ^ Todd Gantt, "BARRY, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Bentley, Henry. The Texas Legal Directory for 1876-77, p.52 (microfilm)
  4. ^ 1880 Navarro County, Texas census. NARA Publication. T1134. Roll 1321. E.D. 138, Sheet 36.
  5. ^ Dallas city directories, 1889, 1891, 1894, 1896, 1900
  6. ^ "The Office of the Mayor." The Dallas Morning News. April 21, 1893, p. 8.
  7. ^ "What to Do Next?" The Dallas Morning News, 25 January 1894, pg. 8
  8. ^ Mayor Barry Seated." The Dallas Morning News. February 3, 1894, p. 10
  9. ^ Texas State Board of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Standard Certificate of Death. Bryan T. Barry. No. 9586.
  10. ^ Oakland Cemetery Lot Owners Association. Oakland Cemetery interment cards, Dallas, County, Texas ca. 1891-1999. Roll 2: Bowen, Emma Belle - Cornwall, Richard. FHL No.2116834